That was, like, a really. Long. Break.
This winter was the first year that I did not have to return to school before the new year to go on a training trip with the swim team to Puerto Rico. Instead, I enjoyed my time at home, and used it to get some things done.
Happy City; Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design - Charles Montgomery
You Better Not Cry - Augusten Burroughs
LEED Practices, Certification, and Accreditation Handbook - Sam Kubba
Amelie, American Horror Story (TV), American Psycho, Ceremony, C.O.G., Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, A Girl Walks into a Bar, Lars and the Real Girl, Red 2, Someday this Pain Will be Useful for You, Submarine, Syrup, The Sixth Sense
Coffee, Red Wine, IPA's, Mojitos
Redesigned my website, made a LinkedIn account, updated my resume and portfolio, became a LEED Green Associate, opened an eBay account to sell my unworn clothes, began applying for internships, swam at an Alumni swim meet for my high school, had a job interview, went out to eat (a lot), watched Seahawk games, became a personal shopper for a friend, went on some runs, sent some emails, and a bunch of other things that really aren't that important but enjoyable nonetheless.
Tomorrow marks the first day of classes for the spring semester and I don't want to count my eggs before they hatch, but I think it should be a good one. The Seahawks made it to the Superbowl and it'll be a really good game. I already have plans for spring break to go to Arizona and then to San Diego. A lot my friends who were in Italy last semester are back now, and it will be good to see them again. I just need to stay motivated and on task!
This is the year that I take risks. I'll need to contact a mass exodus of strangers, acquaintances, friends, etc. that I want to work for and need to sell myself. Networking is key. I need to put myself "out there" more often, step outside the comfort zone.
See an opportunity?
No chance in hell it will go to you?
This is the year that I don't procrastinate. I'm going to make - and constantly refresh- a list of things I can be doing instead of: facebook, tumblr, watching tv shows, and making excuses for myself*.
Lists are key. They will be a constant reminder of things to achieve.
This is the year that I exercise for me. No longer am I bound to something else that controls my body. I want to run, I want to eat healthy, I want to drink more water, and I want amazing abs because I hate the fact that I can feel what my lack of routine has done to my body.
This is the year of self-improvement, the year I immerse myself in culture. The year I say yes more than no. The year I watch more movies and documentaries, read more articles, visit more museums and experience what the world has to offer.
The year of spontaneity.
The year of innovation.
The year of inspiration.
The year I wear more black.
The year I learn new skills.
The year I apply what the past 21 years has been building up.
*blogging is acceptable